House concerts aren't new, and the concept is pretty simple. We're hosting concerts (about one a month) at our home on Kent Island, across the Chesapeake Bay from Annapolis, MD.
You get in by accepting our invitation. You get invited by being on our mailing list. This is the simplest, but most important, rule. Our house concerts are private events, not open to the public. You must be invited to attend, and to be invited, you must ask to be added to our mailing list (of course, you can also opt out of the mailing list at any time).
Our house concerts are shared experiences. We are contributing the use of our home, chairs to sit on, a sound system for our artists to use, and some light refreshments. We ask that each of our guests (and that includes us) make a donation to the artist. The minimum suggested amount may vary from one concert to another. These contributions are voluntary, and every penny of your contribution goes to the artists, to help them earn a reasonable living giving music lovers like us an opportunity to hear them perform live in an intimate setting - our living room or back yard. The minimum suggested donation for each concert will be posted on our website and included in your invitation. But, again - what you decide to donate is up to you. No one is checking.
Since the concerts are a hobby, not a business, and held at our home, we reserve the right to exercise a little "homeowner discretion" in accepting reservation requests, turning away "drop-ins" who don't have confirmed reservations, and asking anyone not following our house rules below to leave. Hopefully none of this ever happens, but in the interest of setting clear expectations ... well, 'nuff said.